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Dec 31, 2012 2:00am PST
-on embrace of president obama for helping sandy-ravaged new jersey came days before the election and had no noticeable effect on the presidential race but some republicans think christie didn't have to be that -- >> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down. >> a combo team from the say what categories, richard murdouch of indiana and todd aiken. >> even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that god swended to happen. >> dreams to take control of the senate in 2012 had dwindled throughout the year but aiken and murdoch pretty much shut that door in a couple of sentences. plan to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers. >> people who have come here illegally won't be able to find work and over time those people would tend to leave the country or self deport. >> self deportation by undocumented workers was not by itself responsible for romney's dismal showing among hispanics, but certainly greased the skids. for which romney would have liked to have had aa mulligan, there was this. >> 47% of the people who w
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm PST
thou,000 a year. the bush tax cut will expire at the end of this year. obama was elected with a surplus of about three million votes. he won the election. he campaigned on this issue. again, the speaker can't take yes for an answer. the president has presented to him something that would prevent us from going over the cliff. it was response to something that the speaker gave them himself but i guess with the dysfunctional republican caucus in the house, even the speaker can't tell what they are going to do because he backed off even his own proposal. the house, we hear so often, is controlled by the republicans. and we acknowledge that. i would be most happy to move forward on something that senator mcconnell said they wouldn't filibuster over here that he would support and that boehner would support if it were reasonable. but right now we haven't heard anything. i don't know and it's none of my business, i guess, although i am very curious, if the speaker and the majority leader, the republican leader over here are even talking. i mean, what's going on here? mr. president, you can't le
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 4:30am PST
, general david petraeus. >> despair in syria has gone on -- >> a morning talk. >> -- president barack obama will be re-elected president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] >> terror at as elementary sc
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
to the gentleman who said president obama won the election so he should get his way, but the republicans say, look, we won the house. i do want to see a deal done. and by the way, i don't want to see taxes go up, ali. you know that. i think it's bad for the economy -- >> but you also generally agree if there was going to be a deal, they're going to go up on some people. >> yeah. look, taxes are probably going to go up on the rich because president obama did -- you know, he went around the country saying if he was re-elected, that's what he would do. but, you know, as i told you many times, even if we don't get a deal here in the next 24 hours, this is not thelma and louise. this is a slope, not a cliff that's going to cause a crash in the economy. i do think it looks bad for the country. it's beneath us to go into this new year not knowing what the tax code is going to look like, what kind of spending cuts will go in. this is politics at its very lowest. >> let's talk about a week ago one of the things that you and i both thought shall i thought it was a bit cynical that john boehner would put for
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 8:00am PST
political moment of the year is easy during elections. >> cnn projects that barack obama will be reelected president of the united states. >> we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. >> cue the confetti and then say good-bye to 2012 and all its moments. historical and hysterical. candy crowley, cnn, washington. >> join don lemon for the biggest stories of the year in crime, politics, money and entertainment. the top ten airs sunday night at 8:00 eastern only on cnn. as the year counts down, your savings can add up with the adt new year's sale. help protect your family with the advanced technology of adt starting at just $99 -- a savings of $300 plus 15% off accessories. but you must call before midnight january 2nd. more than a security system, adt can help let your family in from the cold even when you're away from home. adjust your thermostat remotely to help save energy and money. turn on the lights, even see that everyone is safe and secure. and wi
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 11:00am PST
of president obama for helping sandy-ravaged new jersey came days before the election and had no noticeable effect on the presidential race, but some republicans think christie didn't have to be that efuse sieve. they'll remember if his name pops up in 2016. >> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. >> reporter: from the say what category of entries comes a combo team, missouri senate candidate todd akin and richard murdoch of indiana. >> life is that gift from god, and i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that god intended to happen. >> republican dreams to take control of the senate in 2012 had dwipdalled throughout the year, but akin and maur dock pretty much shut that door in a couple of sentences. two words from mitt romney during the primary reverberated all the way through to november. the wish issue was his plan to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers. >> people who come here illegally won't be able to find work and over time they would self-deport. >> the concept was n
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 3:00pm PST
obama will be reelected president of the united states. >> the election, more than just about obama and romney, more about socialism, and capitalism and spending, about the role government should have in your life. >> number one is the fiscal cliff. lawmakers saw it coming, but didn't bother to pay any attention to it until after the election. had they put politics aside and dealt with it earlier, who knows how strong the u.s. economy would be right now. >> up next, children in need of a home are caught in the middle of a dispute over human rights. and we'll meet one man reaching into his own pocket to help america ease its enormous debt. [ male announcer ] rocky had no idea why dawn was gone for so long... ...but he'd wait for her forever, for any reason, and would always be there with the biggest welcome home. for a love this strong, dawn only feeds him iams. compared to other leading brands, it has 50% more animal protein. ...to help keep rocky's body as strong as a love that never fades... if he ever lets her leave again. iams. keep love strong. >>> starting tuesday, american fa
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 9:00pm PST
bitter campaign president obama won re-election in 2012. the president also won the supreme court's stamp of approval for his health care reform program. and made history with this statement. >> i think same sex couples should be able to get married. ♪ >> as 2012 comes to a close, the president joined in grief with a community shocked by senseless violence. >> these tragedies must end. and to end them we must change. >> brooke baldwin, cnn atlanta. >>> that's 2012 in just 60 minutes. what does 2013 hold? we'll find out together. i'm don lemon, thanks for watching. >>> okay, stand by, piers. >> things have got pretty wild with some of my guests, but nothing quite like this. what the hell's that? my studio has turned into a jungle. >> whoa, whoa! jack, am i going to die here? oh, my god, what's this? tonight, the one and only jack hanna and a few of his closest friends. >> he deficates on his legs to keep him cool. >> you know what, too much information. >> if he bites you, it won't hurt bad. this is the only animal in the world to carry leprosy. i'm not joking. >> now you tell me
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 7:00pm PST
there is to do and the future that lies ahead. >> that's president obama delivering his victory speech on election night. in the end the race wasn't even close. maybe mitt romney didn't even have a chance. his fellow gop contenders feasted on one of their own during the primaries. is it the american way that if somebody gives you a smack on the nose, you eventually have to smack them back? isn't it time now for you to accept that this negativity has pounded you into a position where much as you would like to keep it positive, isn't it time you got the old gingrich fist out and give romney a good ol' smack? >> harry truman in his great reelection campaign that gallup quit taking polls in mid september went after duey and the crowd would yell out "give 'em hell, harry" and he would yell back, "no, i just give them the truth and it hurts like hell." i think governor romney has done so many things that are indefensible in a republican primary -- it would be okay in a democratic primary but in a republican primary it would be indefensible. all i have to do is tell the truth, i'm not going t
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 9:00am PST
a hefty down payment. >> number two. >> cnn predicts president obama will be elected president of the united states sniet was more about socialism and capitalism, spending and cutting, about what kind of role government should have in your life. >> number one is the fiscal cliff. lawmakers saw it coming but didn't bother to pay any attention to coming and didn't bother to pay any attention until after the election. had they dealt with it earlier, who knows how strong the u.s. economy would be right now. tyeah, its the galaxy note ii.re great. you can do two things at the same time. you can watch videos and text. or you could watch the earnings report and take notes, like we're supposed to. so... can i get it? yeah. okay either of you put together the earnings report yet? yes, me totally. what? why don't you tackle the next quarter. you eat yet? polynesian? pu pu platter? yup! keep up the good work. i will keep up the good work. do more with the new samsung galaxy note ii. [music: artist: willy moon ♪ everybody well don't you know it's me now? ♪ ♪ yeah who's it, who's it h
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 6:00am PST
. >> after a long -- and we mean long and bitter campaign -- president obama won re-election. in 2012, the president also won the supreme court's stamp of approval for his health care reform program and made history with this statement. >> i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. ♪ >> as 2012 comes to a close, the president joined in grief with a community shocked by senseless violence. >> is these tragedies must ind. and to end them, we must change. >> brooke baldwin, cnn, atlanta. >> let's talk about another intriguing person. that would be santa claus because, as you might imagine, he's very busy already. norad, as usual, is tracking him this holiday season. we just got video in -- yes, video in of santa. he is now in japan and also in korea because santa can do anything. it's magic. he's delivering it in those countries. then he'll make his way closer to the united states around midnight or so and eat the cookies left by kids around the country and deliver presents to all the good children in america. we'll continue to track santa. we'll be right back. welcome to
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 10:00am PST
as a fundamental issue. >> that's fair. this was an election, barack obama won by three percentage points. this is a divided country right now. it's not me and grover. >> it does not absolve anyone of the responsibility of getting the business of the nation done. >> i agree with that. i agree. i want a resolution here. and i think actually there's room for -- i think there will be some kind of bargain in the next couple days or next few weeks and then we move on to these bigger issues that you've been talking about, tax reform, et cetera. one last point if i may. whether we improve these tax increases for the rich or not, as you know, you've said, we still have a trillion-dollar deficit. we have a lot of work to do. >> we do. all i ask is that we get the work done. steven moore, always a pleasure. thank you. we'll talk to you a lot in 2013. >>> up next, the great tax debate that steven was just talking act. does raising tax on the wealthy really hurt the economy? i'll give you an answer. s. but you're progressive, and they're them. yes. but they're here. yes. are you...? there? yes. no. a
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 9:00am PST
obama will be re-elected president of the united states. >> we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions. and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america! >> reporter: cue the confetti and say good-bye to 2012 and all its moments, historical and hysterical. candy crowley, cnn, washington. >>> taking inventory in a german zoo. we'll take you to pictures that are capturing our attention today. y setting up the news starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news. [ buzzing ] bye dad. drive safe. k. love you. [ chirping, buzzing continues ] [ horn honks ] [ buzzing continues ] [ male announcer ] the sprint drive first app. blocks and replies to texts while you drive. we can live without the &. visit sprint.com/drive.
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 6:00am PST
gone on for 20 -- >> these redline warnings talk? >> cnn projects barack obama will be re-elected president of the united states. >> terror at an elementary school in connecticut. >> 20 children dead. six adults are also dead. >> so our hearts are broken today. for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children. may god bless the memory of the victims. and in the words of -- heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have a cold, and i took nyquil, but i'm still "stubbed" up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have a decongestant. no way. [ male announcer ] sorry. alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms plus has a fast acting decongestant to relieve your stuffy nose. [ sighs ] thanks! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] to learn more about the cold truth and save $1 visit alka-seltzer on facebook. >>>
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 9:00am PST
election. a romney backer suddenly christie was standing arm and arm with the president, praising mr. obama's leadership as they toured sandy's rath. >> when you know you have a responsibility for those folks, you can give a damn about the politics of things. i could care less today. >> number three, olympian gabby douglas. >> gabby douglas! >> one of the fab five at the london games, she captured our hearts, becoming the first african-american gymnast to win gold in both the individual all around and team competitions at the same olympics. >> i wanted to inspire a nation and i love that. >> she did just that. number two, school age activist malala. malala rose to fame blogging about the brutality of her life in pakistan under taliban rule. not yet a teenager, she dared to suggest girls not only deserve but have a right to an education. >> i would get my education if it is in home, school, or any place. >> the taliban retaliated, hunting her down, shooting her in the neck, and back. the attack outraged even hardened pakistanis, and all around the world malala quickly became an international
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 11:00am PST
, president obama won re-election. in 2012, the president also won the supreme court stamp of approval for his health care reform program, and made history with this statement. >> i think same sex couples should be able to get married. ♪ >> as 2012 comes to a close, the president joined in grief with the community, shocked by senseless violence. >> these tragedies must end. and to end them we must change. >> brooke baldwin, cnn, atlanta. >>> well, to see the entire list or read more about the winners you chose, check out cnn.com. >>> it is a christmas ad first in britain. find out why so many people are making a big deal about this television commercial. we'll be right back. >>> i'm stacy harrison from hanover, maryland, serving with the task force med a in bagram, afghanistan. i would like to say merry christmas to my family, my husband cornelius, my daughters janae and javon. i love you. merry christmas. [ male announcer ] how do you trade? with scottrader streaming quotes, any way you want. fully customize it for your trading process -- from thought to trade, on every screen. and all in r
CNN
Dec 26, 2012 11:00am PST
a long and we mean long and bitter campaign, president obama won re-election. in 2012, the president also won the supreme court stamp of approval for his health care reform program and made history with this statement. >> i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. ♪ >> as 2012 comes to a
CNN
Dec 26, 2012 7:00pm PST
president obama and the democrats campaigned on, this past election cycle and by the way he won, was exactly this fall back plan or the small piece of tax cuts being extended for 98% of american families and 97% of small businesses. there is a bill in the senate sitting there right now that the house could actually vote on. they don't need to wait for anything to pass the senate. the house could call a vote on it right now and 98% of america's families could see protection of their tax cuts extended. so i think that is a strong position for the democrats. they won on this. the majority of american people agree that the 2% of the wealthiest in this country can afford to pay a little bit more. most wealthy people agree with that. >> you believe president and leaders prefer going over the cliff so they can raise taxes and blame the g.o.p. but republicans have the option of locking in tax cuts for most americans right now. >> i think the president does want to do that because as you said he can increase taxes, point the finger at the republicans but we need to have spending cuts. this is not an
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 11:00am PST
will be reelected president of the united states. >> the election. more than just about obama and romney, it was about socialism and capitalism and spending and cutting and what kind of role government should have in your life. >> number one is the fiscal cliff. lawmakers saw it coming and didn't bother to pay any attention to it until after the election. had they put politics aside and dealt with it earlier, who knows how strong the u.s. economy would be right now. >> and make sure you join me for the biggest stories of the year in crime, politic, money and the most scandalous stories. the top ten of 2012, 8:00 eastern. a teen battling a terminal illness uses lyrics instead of letters to say goodbyes. >> it's kind of me always being there for him. like if they keep singing that song throughout their life, it will be worth it. >> this teen's final wish, next. s that will make it drop over, and over again. ♪ from jammin' jerk chicken, to creamy gouda bisque. see what's new from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life wit
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm PST
right you not small ball it is a big difference. you have districts voting for president obama, districts voted against president obama, in the house, more sorting, fewer legislators, either chamber, elected from chambers who voted for the other party for president, you have a consistent line of political direction, you have republicans from constituent says that really aren't looking for them to compromise overwhelmingly, and democrats the same is. the problem is that while that make senses for any individual legislator, no way to run a country divide ready. in the end, both sides have to give. democrats have to look at more entitlement changes the long run, no other reason it will squeeze all out the discretionary spending, the investment is in the future they prefer. republicans also have to kind of understand that we did have an election focus on this issue whether we were going to tax people at the top more. president obama did win 51% of the vote, almost certainly going to happen. as i say you can the problem is for each individual politician, less incentive to compromise
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
, the number one political moment of the year is easy during elections. >> cnn projects that barack obama will be reelected president of the united states. >> we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. >> cue the confetti and then say good-bye to 2012 and all its moments. historical and hysterical. >>> this next story is unbelievable. sadly, it's believable. you think your teammate would have your back. one former nfl lineman didn't mind when the quarterback wound up on his back and injured. we'll talk about this one. ( ♪ ) for those nights when it's more than a bad dream, be ready. for the days when you get a sudden call from the school, be ready. for the times you need to double-check the temperature on the thermometer, be ready. when you have children's motrin on hand, you're ready. for high fever, nothing works faster or lasts longer than children's motrin. be ready with children's motrin. >>> the firing of a coach at any level can take a hit on h
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 7:00pm PST
is best democracy money can buy. >> this presidential election, 2012 broke a record. we spent over $2 billion. obama, romney, super pacs, dnc, rnc. $2 billion. to put it in perspective, that is literally more than the annual gdp of almost 30 countries in the world. we spent that on one election cycle. people in belize and liberia are shocked by this. $2 billion. how many individual people are turned off from politics by those kind of numbers. >> some people talk to chairs. >> some people -- clint eastwood, republican convention, made it okay to talk to your furniture. i've spoken to my couch, my end table on occasion. i think we made it cool to have fun with your ferns and plants and furniture around the house. >> women love to read porn. >> yes, they do. they love to read porn, talking about "fifty shades of grey." sold over 40 million books. mostly women over 30 who like to read these sexually provocative books. men are waiting for the movie. we like a visual. we men, internal. they read it and can picture things. i can't picture anything unless i can see it in front of me. what abo
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 10:00pm PST
. the lesson, america is best democracy money can buy. >> this presidential election, 2012 broke a record. we spent over $2 billion. obama, romney, super pacs, dnc, rnc. $2 billion. to put it in perspective, that is literally more than the annual gdp of almost 30 countries in the world. we spent that on one election cycle. people in belize and liberia are shocked by this. $2 billion. how many individual people are turned off from politics by those kind of numbers. >> some people talk to chairs. >> some people -- clint eastwood, republican convention, made it okay to talk to your furniture. i've spoken to my couch, my end table on occasion. i clearly need friends besides coming on televig at 11:00 on saturday. i think we made it cool to have fun with your ferns and plants and furniture around the house. >> women love to read porn. >> yes, they do. they love to read porn, talking about "fifty shades of grey." sold over 40 million books. mostly women over 30 who like to read these sexually provocative books. men are waiting for the movie. we are more traditional. the way we like our porn, we lik
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 8:00am PST
on the obama side, you know, it's really interesting. you know, obviously, this was, this election was a result of this enormous grassroots hero. the grassroots organizers and the people who did the tech stuff, but people want credit for this. a lot of jockying for what happens next. a lot of folks in chicago not getting jobs in the white house because those jobs are already taken. >> when you report that campaign aides tried very hard to keep valerie jared, white house aide away from president obama feeling she riled him up, that says to me -- i'll use this as some source was unhappy with somebody else and using this opportunity through you to take a shot. >> that was multiple, multiple sources. >> no, on that one. in fact, before i published that, several people in the administration who said, for the love of god, she will be around for the next four years. please, don't report that. you'll make our life more difficult. >> on the obama side there are scores to settle and on the romney side, rehabilitation and what these people do next with their careers. >> look, i think with any campaign, yo
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 4:00am PST
before election, we saw chris christie go from being one of president obama's toughest critics, one of mitt romney's best surrogates to really putting the people of new jersey, his state, the disaster in the number one place, number one priority and worked with the local and federal authorities, embraced the help that was coming from everywhere, and that has seen him get really high approval ratings. you know, it's funnich sometimes doing the right thing is the politically correct thing to do. >> they say good policy is good politics, vice versa. would be nice if other people on both sides of the aisle followed that. okay, richard. i want to get to your next naughty because these are two republicans who gave republican leaders, the people here i cover, major, major heartburn, you see them there,ed to akin and richard mourdock. >> they became the problems the republicans were having in recapturing the senate. ed to akin, the republican senate candidate from missouri and richard mourdock from minnesota, made offensive remarks about women and rape and todd akin introduce the the concep
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 3:00am PST
have. so, my advice to senator reid and president obama would be try to stop negotiations with republicans who, like spoiled children, have no interest in compromise. remember who won the election? >> well said. finally, alberto willy sent in this reminder that lawmakers are there to serve everybody and can be voted out if they don't. >> there are not wealthy people or corporations to keep you in office. in that light, please, simply grow up, govern and, most importantly, support middle class policies. >> and you still have time to send in your own ireport. let us know what you think about the fiscal cliff and the actions in washington. record a 20 to 30-second video that start my new year's message to washington is, and then add your message. you may see it featured right here on cnn. >>> a russian plane overshoots a runway and send debris flying on to a busy highway as emergency crews rush to get to survivors. it's all caught on tape. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advai
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 5:00pm PST
've been in america, there have been two elections where one party has had far more financial firepower than the other. one was here in california with meg whitman, one was nationally, but romney clearly had more money than obama. in both cases both of the most money lost. >> isn't that great? >> what does that tell you? >> people are getting smarter. i don't like all this amount of money spent on this election. there should be a give -- campaign finance reform is very important. i hope somebody does something about it. you should have a give amount, equal amount. equal air time and that's it. you know? that idea of corporations being people, no, no. this is a country of, by and for the people, not of, by and for the corporation. you know. because i'm so against gmos, the modified food, and i'm so against lobbying, you know, by chemical companies lobbying, and that proposition 37, you know, was bad. and that's scary because the poison and, you know t poi, then in our foods and the air and they give discretionary polluters. we're having climate change. the republicans don't seem to want
CNN
Dec 26, 2012 1:00pm PST
. so what was a very popular idea with democrats before the election is no longer the case. so times change. it's complex. let's hope boehner's back in washington, obama's back in washington tomorrow. the players are there. harry reid is there. let's hope that they get there and for the sake of the country for the sake of our stability of our fiscal well, they get together on a plan that works. nobody will get 100% of what they want. hopefully somebody -- we get enough of what we want to keep the wheels turning. >> ana, do you think speaker boehner's leadership is suffering while this crisis continues? >> you know, i think a little bit of both to be honest with you. certainly he tried to get something from his caucus last week. that didn't work. that was not a strong moment for him. it was a moment of weakness. but at the same time, i think he looks like he's really trying. and it also paints the picture and makes it obvious that, you know, he's not just negotiating with president obama. he also has to then come back and sell to his own people, sell to his own caucus, which at points
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm PST
crazy. no progress before the election campaign began. no progress during the campaign. then more recently, house speaker john boehner and president obama each made important concessions. the president on entitlement spending. speaker boehner on upper income tax rates. speaker boehner, though, could not get conservative republicans to go along and seemed at a loss on what to do next. >> we ned economic growth. many of us believe on both sides of the aisle on the fundamental reform of the tax code will help us get our economy moving faster and put more americans back to work. and more americans on the tax rolls. how we get there, god only knows. >> president obama, meantime, seemed to lose patience. no sign he's eager to go off the cliff, but he's also not ready, either, to get in his words, what he'll get for free when the bush tax cuts expire tuesday morning. democrats are willing to let that happen, and both sides are still pointing fingers. take a look at mitch mcconnell and harry reid just this afternoon. >> you'll excuse me if i'm a little frustrated at the situation. >> repu
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 11:00am PST
moments of the election best described as history-making politics. a supreme court decision upholding the constitutionality of obama care and if that doesn't strike you as political, can consider what would have happened on the campaign trail if the high court had struck down the president's signature first-term achievement. >> at a certain point i've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> reporter: the first president to endorse same-sex marriage was a daily double moment. good politics aimed at an activist wing of his party's base and most certainly history. and finally, the number one political moment of the year is easy during elections. >> cnn projects that bar
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 4:00am PST
. and the third part is $1 trillion in obama's taxes. that's the obama care taxes they hid from you because they're all scheduled to come in after he got safely elected. >> let's go back to the bush-era tax cuts. for you, given your position, that's really what we want to focus on here. you make the point that democrats could have voted before when they had super majorities or big majoritiemajo and that's a fair point. but in part thanks to you, voting for tax increases is a political death for republicans and democrats. that brings me to my next question. i've talked to republicans and democrats who think we are going to go off the cliff, and here's the reason why. if we go off the cliff, everybody's taxes go up automatically. then congress can come back in january and vote for a tax cut as opposed to tax increases. what do you think about that? >> one of the challenges, of course, is people see this happening. they realize the president has not been negotiating at all over the past three months. we learned days and weeks and months afterwards that they had non-meetings where this is going on.
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 2:00am PST
roosevelt. my dad thought if roosevelt got elected there would never be another election. >> reporter: a vocal republican in his earlier years, buffett now leans left and is a big obama supporter. >> we were talking about the economy. >> reporter: what else. >> i brought along figures i thought would be of interest to him. this is the presidential medal of freedom. >> reporter: he's never had political ambitions like his father. >> that's my dad's campaign picture when he was 39 years old. this is my dad's desk. this sat on his desk when i was a kid, when i was 10 years old. i always admired it. >> reporter: this is my favorite thing in your office. i need one of those. the too hard box. >> the real problem is if they're in there and i don't realize it. >> reporter: then there are the fun things, like the model mars rover, given to him by students at cal tech. >> thattette bas getting a t-shirt. >> reporter: and the mock "sports illustrated" cover. >> if they ever bring me out it will be as water boy. >> reporter: no fancy flat screen tv, just an old tube. >> no computer. >> reporter:
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 4:00am PST
against roosevelt. my dad thought if roosevelt got elected there'd never be another election. >> reporter: a vocal republican in his earlier years, he now leans left and a big obama supporter. >> i brought along figures i thought would be of interest to him, that was when i got the presidential medal of freedom. >> reporter: he's never had political ambitions like his father. >> that's my dad's campaign picture when he was 39 years old running for congress in 1942. this is my dad's desk, this sat on his desk when i was a kid, when i was 10 years old. i always admired it. >> reporter: i love this, the too hard box. >> there's a lot of things that belong in there. the real problem is if they belong in there and i don't realize it. >> reporter: then the model mars rover given to him by opportunities at caltech. >> that beats getting a t shirt. >> reporter: and the mock "sports illustrated" cover. >> they'll bring me out as water boy. >> reporter: no e-mail, perhaps the secret to buffett's success. i am convinced no e-mail is the secret to his success. >> who is tweeting while you're talking
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 2:00am PST
in america. there have been two elections where one party has had far more financial power than the other. one was here in california with meg whitman, and one was nationally. romney clearly had more money than obama for most of that campaign, and in both cases, the one with the most money lost. >> isn't that great? >> what does that tell you about the american people? >> the people are getting smarter. they're going, i don't like all this amount of money spent on this election. campaign finance reform is very important, and i hope somebody does something about it. you should have a given amount, equal amount, equal air time, and that's it. that idea of corporations being people. no, no, it's not -- this is a country of, by, and for the people, not of, by, and for the corporation. you know, it's like -- because i'm so against gmos, the modified food, and i'm so against lobbying by chemical companies, lobbying, and that proposition 37 was bad, and that's scary because the poison in our foods and in the air and they give discretionary polluters. we are having climate change. the republicans
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